PhD in Educational Research

The call for PhD applications in Educational Research is now open

The PhD Council offers PhD scholarships within educational research that focus on the Danish primary and lower secondary school. The PhD projects must concentrate on practice-relevant research with the goal of improving the learning outcome for all pupils. The applicants must be able, both during their studies and subsequently, to teach at university colleges and to engage in research and development in the educational field. It is important to ensure a close coupling with practice and the PhD projects must therefore be conducted as a collaboration between at least one university and one university college.

You can find the call, guide for applicants and budget template to the right (under Important Documents).

Deadline for applications is Friday 1 June 2018 at 12 noon

Please notice that the different institutions might have internal deadlines which are met before this one.


The overall objective is to improve the learning outcome of all students in primary and lower secondary school and, in this way, their prerequisites for further education and employment. An improved learning outcome of the primary and lower secondary school can e.g. be achieved by strengthening the subject-specific didactic knowledge and capacity and through increased educational and social-pedagogical competencies.

The PhD projects may cover issues relating to subject-specific didactics as well as general didactic and educational topics. In 2018, the PhD council will take particular interest in applications within the didactics of specific subjects, literacy and , assessment, tests and exams, participation opportunities, transitions and leadership in the primary and lower secondary school. Applications within other areas will also be welcomed. 

Assessment criteria

The application is evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The research quality of the PhD project
  • The relevance of the PhD project in relation to the objectives of the call for proposals
  • The academic basis of the PhD project at the university and university college
  • The feasibility of the PhD project
  • The PhD candidate’s qualifications
  • The PhD project’s plan for knowledge transfer through education, knowledge dissemination or development activities
  • The PhD candidate’s reflections over ethical aspects 



Information meetings 2018

The PhD Council is hosting information meetings about PhDs in Educational Research in Aarhus and Copenhagen.

Aarhus: Friday 23 February 2018, 1-3pm. Ceresbyen 24, room C3.01, Aarhus C  

Copenhagen: Monday 5 March 2018 , 2-4pm. Venue is to be announced 

The meetings will be held in Danish only. 

Contact Person

Jane Chor, Member of Academic Staff


Phone:  2165 6715